Incident Number: 50-20-24517
Date/Time: Monday, September 28th 2020 at 1:42 a.m.
Location: Intellicar, 115 N. DuPont Highway, Dover, DE
Contact: Dover Police Department Public Information Office
Sergeant Mark Hoffman Email: Mark.Hoffman@cj.state.de.us
Four vehicles were stolen from Intellicar (115 N. DuPont Highway) on Monday morning after suspects broke into the business. Officers on patrol initially observed a black SUV driving at a high rate of speed in the area of DuPont Highway at Division Street. The vehicle fled the area at that time. Officers then observed two additional vehicles at Edgemont Avenue and Maple Parkway with no headlights on that also fled at a high rate of speed. Officers then began checking area car dealerships, suspecting that the vehicles may have been stolen. During this check, officers discovered that the suspects had shattered a glass garage door at Intellicar with large rocks and removed the vehicle keys from inside.
A short time later, officers stopped a black Lincoln MKX with an Intellicar tag on the rear and arrested Dakota Stecher (18) without incident.
Officers also arrested a 16-year-old female in connection with the incident after she approached the scene and advised she left her phone in the back of the car.
Further investigation led to the recovery of a second car in the area of Persimmon Lane and Persimmon Circle.
It was later learned that two additional vehicles were stolen by other suspects, including a black 2017 Honda Accord and a gray 2016 Ford Explorer.
Both Dakota Stecher and the 16-year-old juvenile were charged with the following offenses:
-Burglary 3rd Degree
-Theft over $1,500
-Theft of a Motor Vehicle (3x)
-Conspiracy 2nd Degree
Stecher was released on an O.R. bond and the 16-yer-old juvenile was turned over to a guardian after being charged.
The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact the Dover Police Department at (302)736-7130. Callers may remain anonymous. Tips may also be submitted to law enforcement through Delaware Crime Stoppers at 800-TIP-3333 or online at delaware.crimestoppersweb.com; a cash reward is possible for information leading to an arrest.